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Two bootable drives on one machine


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#1 Alchemist

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 09:54 PM

Having read in some 'guides' to using a 2nd removable HD as a backup that you should never let a machine boot with your two bootable WinXP partitions, I have to ask: Is it true that allowing XP to boot on a machine with two identical partitions on it will trash both? Does it scan all drives and assume that two partitions with the same name are the same drive? If so, why??? This is incredibly stupid if so. It makes all sorts of pragmatic uses of XP impossible. Or if not, what might someone be misunderstanding to claim this?

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 10:30 PM

Okay so having two identical (name and size) partitions on a single drive?

I wouldn't try it and never have, I would assume that would cause conflict although again, never tried that, never would need to.
Just call it something different. Not even sure if the "name" of the partition would cause conflict however I would avoid doing that. You should avoid naming any two things the same exact thing.

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 07:52 AM

Not sure what you mean by "bootable drives"...but I'd have to question the accuracy of your source.

I have two identical partitions on the same hard drive...one is just a cloned copy of my boot drive. I have a total of 3 partitions (one is strictly storage) on a 500GB drive.

Multibooting (if that's what you are referring to) is pretty common. I know of no documented (key word) problem with such.

How about a link to one of these "guides"?

In fact, there is no problem with even booting into 2 XP installs that wind up on the same partition (accidentally)...it's just a nuisance for the user to figure out which install he/she is in at any time. It's not recommended to do such and most users do it by accident...but I've done it and it's easily remedied and does no harm.

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 05:35 PM

Multibooting (if that's what you are referring to) is pretty common.



Exactly.




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